14 January 2013

million+ comment on employer survey: Good news for graduates but reveals restrictive recruitment practices

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the findings of a survey of large employers which concludes that many expect to expand graduate recruitment in 2013. However the think-tank has criticised companies which target their recruitment on a very small number of universities and expect graduate entrants to have undertaken work experience or an internship with the company. million+  says that the restrictive recruitment practices of large companies confirmed by the survey, undermines social mobility by neglecting well-qualified and entrepreneurial graduates from other universities .

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank, million+ said:

“The survey suggests that employment prospects are likely to  improve in 2013. This is good news for graduates but the restrictive approach to recruitment of  some of the UK's biggest companies undermines social mobility”.

“They target a very small number of universities and often expect new recruits  to have undertaken work experience or an internship”.

“Britain will only become a fairer place when these companies adopt a more enlightened approach and accept that there are talented and entrepreneurial people of all ages graduating from all of the UK's universities”. 

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Notes to editors

1. The Annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries of Britain's large employers is published today, 14 January, and can be found here http://www.highfliers.co.uk/download/GMReport13.pdf

2. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 0207 717 1659 or out of hours 07900 277 819.